On September 18, 2013 Rep. Joe Garcia of Florida asked for and was granted permission to address the United States House of Representatives for one minute regarding H.R. 3102.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to express my strong support for the SNAP program, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.”
“SNAP is a critically important program. It helps struggling families put food on the table while they work to get back on their feet. It helps our Nation’s most vulnerable, as nearly two-thirds of recipients are children, elderly, and disabled. And according to new census data just released yesterday, the SNAP program helped lift 4 million people out of poverty in 2012. Additionally, this is a multiplier of 2 1/2 times in our economy”, he said.
“Unfortunately, it is my understanding that the House of Representatives may soon consider legislation that cuts $40 billion in funding from SNAP. This is the wrong approach. At a time when many families and communities are still struggling to get back on their feet from the Great Recession, we should be working to strengthen, not undermine, the SNAP program”, said Rep. Garcia (source: Congressional Record http://thomas.loc.gov/).
On Thursday, September 19, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 3102, the Nutrition Reform and Work Opportunity Act of 2013, under a rule.
H.R. 3102 was introduced on September 16, 2013 by Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK), Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture. For particular see http://www.gop.gov/bill/113/1/hr3102
Rep. Garcia is serving on the House Committee on the Judiciary as well as the Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security and the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law.
Congressman Garcia also serves on the Committee on Natural Resources as well as the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs, the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation, and the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.